Staying active over the festive period

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Mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas dinner – ‘tis truly the season for indulgence. While the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to treat yourself, it doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your fitness routine. Although hitting the gym doesn’t have to be a priority, if you keep up…

Our vision to transform YMCA Wimbledon

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Image of the proposed new YMCA Wimbledon Development MERTON COUNCIL SUPPORTS OUR VISION TO TRANSFORM YMCA WIMBLEDON YMCA St Paul’s Group, and our development partners Thornsett, are delighted to have received a resolution to grant permission from Merton Council to deliver a brand-new YMCA hostel in Wimbledon, alongside an adjoining development of 135 new homes. Following years of hard work to secure the...

O’ Fitness Tree: An Active Advent Calendar

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O fitness tree small 900x600 - O' Fitness Tree: An Active Advent Calendar As a small token of our appreciation for all the support you’ve shown us over this difficult year, we’ve put together 24 days of Christmas fitness and mindfulness mini-challenges that will get the happy endorphins flowing to get your feel-good fix this month. Now, we’re not saying you should give up your chocolate advent calendar: that’s a...

Approval of Hampton Pool New Development Plans

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As operator, we are pleased to announce that Hampton Pool Trust’s exciting proposals to develop Hampton Pool to provide fit-for-purpose buildings and infrastructure were approved by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames Planning Committee at their meeting on 18 November 2020.   The Trust’s plans, which developed with the support of YMCA and Architect’s Wimshurst Pelleriti,…

Celebrating our staff with the Star Awards 2020

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Despite not being able to celebrate together in person, this week we hosted our annual Star Awards virtually to recognise the phenomenal achievements and contributions teams and individuals have made across the charity. All the nominees from Health and Wellbeing were fantastic, which goes to show how excellent the department has been throughout the past…

Hampton Youth Project – the summer of 2020

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group of young women in face masks at Hampton Youth Project Mary Riley, Youth Coordinator at YMCA Hampton Youth Project reflects on delivering youth work in the rather different Summer of 2020 leading into the current Autumn lockdown. Coming out of the first lockdown period Over the summer period we provided detached work in the local park, unfortunately, the weather was not always kind to us...

My wellbeing, a pandemic and changing seasons…

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mental health 900x600 - My wellbeing, a pandemic and changing seasons... Here is a blog written by our head of counselling, Sheridan, as she shares her thoughts on entering a new season whilst still dealing with a pandemic and what is best practice for our mental wellbeing moving forward. I remember the slight feeling of apprehension and excitement of working from home back in March, thinking,...

A little giving goes a long way

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choir image 900x600 - A little giving goes a long way Since lockdown was first announced in March, we have been blown away by the kindness of our members, supporters, residents, staff and service users. As a charity that supports vulnerable young adults and communities across London, these generous donations has been paramount throughout lockdown and has helped enable our front line workers provide housing to...